Reactions to green climate protection plans: “You cannot shape the future with a veto ministry”

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to “modernize and invest” – and thus protect the climate

Photo: Kay Nietfeld / dpa Extensive investments in local public transport, a faster expansion of renewable energies – and recently also a separate climate ministry, which is supposed to be able to stop legislative proposals if they violate the goals of the Paris climate agreement . With a »immediate climate protection program« the Greens want to emphasize their climate protection ambitions.

But in particular the planned climate ministry with the right to veto is not well received by the competition. “In the emergency of the election campaign, the Greens pull out all the stops on the prohibition organ,” wrote FDP leader Christian Lindner on Twitter. The green “immediate program” remains “tied to leftist ideas about social restructuring”. The FDP member of the Bundestag Olaf in der Beek wrote on Twitter of a green “prevention authority”.

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) criticized: “You cannot shape the future with a veto ministry.” For more climate protection you have to “modernize and invest,” said Scheuer. On the other hand, he accused the Greens of “thinking about stopping and preventing”.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) said during a visit to the flood-affected areas in North Rhine-Westphalia that the Climate Adaptation Act in force in his state was going “a bit in the direction” of the Greens’ proposals.

Vice Chancellor and SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, who shared the flood zone visited with Laschet , said the consequence of this catastrophe was: “We have to do everything to stop man-made climate change.” Scholz had it Damage in the disaster area previously estimated at around six billion euros.

The Green Party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck had taken up some existing demands from the Green election program with the joint presentation of the “immediate program”. In the case of government participation, the initiative sees the accelerated expansion of wind and solar energy and an earlier coal phase-out by 2030 in front. So far, the coal phase-out is planned for 2030 at the latest.

According to the party’s plans, the first 100 a “climate task force” of the federal government meets on a weekly basis. The lead for this should lie with the new climate protection ministry.